Name Restoration and Name Changes Focus of Series About Public Places

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Release dated: 
March 5, 2021
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Name Restoration and Name Changes Focus of Series About Public Places

Explore the public process of renaming and why these efforts matter in a new series of Shared Spaces & Public Places virtual programs that focus on topics of legacy through naming at public spaces.

On March 18 join moderator and former MPR news host Tom Weber and community members for a conversation about the process of reclaiming the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis.

The March 18 program is the first in a 4-part series of Shared Spaces & Public Places conversations using case studies to provide a common language on renaming and name reclamation. Future case studies will include Justice Page Middle School, University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union and Henry Sibley High School.

These free discussions will be offered on the MNHS Facebook and YouTube pages on March 18, April 15 and 29, and May 13. Program details will be shared as they are finalized. For more information visit

This ongoing series of programs is meant to help provide context for the public on topics of public memorialization. They take place as the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB) continues to seek public input on the process for adding, altering, or removing monuments, memorials, and artwork displayed on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.

Learn more about the CAAPB and its public input process at

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